Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Consistency - Quotes

Is consistency a good thing? Opinions are varied. I guess it depends on the circumstances and the situation.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consistency is a jewel, but too much jewellery is vulgar. - Evan Esar

Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art. - George Bernard Shaw

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson

Consistency, thou art a jewel. - Unknown

Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent. - Horatio Smith

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest and most universal causes of all our disquiet and unhappiness. - Joseph Addison

It is the want of consistency which has caused more secret uneasiness, and more relative discord, than almost any other failing concocted with a man's character. - W. S. Martin

No intelligent person ever considers a change of opinion to be inconstancy. - Cicero

Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time. - John C. Maxwell

The man who spends one-half of the day in studying what is just, and the other half in practicing what is so, shows a knowledge of consistency. - J. A. James

There are those who would mis-teach us that to stick in a rut is consistency, and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency, and a vice. - Mark Twain

What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. It grows – it must grow smaller or larger, better or worse – it cannot stand still. In other words, we change – and must change, constantly, and keep on changing as long as we live. What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he's stuck in a rut. - Mark Twain

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